Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The Great Wednesday Compare #4- Gone With The Wind VERSUS The Wizard Of Oz



The winner of the last Great Wednesday Compare ( Gone With The Wind vs. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime), with a final score of 8-5 was Gone With The Wind.

Interesting comments last week. People seem to be polarized where TCIOTDITN is concerned (and yes, Barb's comment last week proves that The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime can indeed be initialed). I enjoyed the book (sorry Isabella, I know you think it's overrated). I enjoyed the unique voice. And while I wouldn't place it in my top 10 books of all time or anything, I also enjoy seeing the occasional teenager reading it. Cross-over books are always interesting.

This week we flash back by 70 years. 1939. The year movie versions of both of this week's contenders were released. A friend of mine-- a huge movie buff, I might add-- was never able to get over the fact that Braveheart won best picture in 1995. He'd go on to list supposedly better movies that hadn't won in previous years. Yes, I'd argue, but Braveheart wasn't up against A Clockwork Orange or The Exorcist. It was up against Apollo 13 and... Babe. My point is, some years the competition is steeper than others. This was the case in 1939- the year both Gone With The Wind and The Wizard of Oz hit theatres (not to mention Mr. Smith Goes To Washington). Well, old rivalries dies hard...

Remember, vote simply by adding your comment below, base it on whatever merit you choose, voting does not end until Tuesday at 11:59 p.m. (Sept 22, 2009), and if you want your book to get more votes, feel free to promote them here or on your blog!

Which is better?

12 comments:

Lisa said...

Good lord, you're making this hard! I've been sticking with GWTW but I think it's time to change. I'm going with The Wizard of Oz this week.

Kate said...

And continuing with my trend of voting against GWTW, I'm voting for The Wizard of Oz this week!

Remi said...

Frankly John, I don't give a damn about GWTW. Wizard for me if only to dethrone that other book.

Chris said...

Well, fiddle-dee-dee! Never read The Wizard. I'll stick with GWTW.

claire said...

Love both but I'll stick with Gone With the Wind.

Becky said...

Gone With The Wind

Nicola said...

I'm very fond of the Wizard of Oz but in comparing the two, I have to stick with GWTW.

Teddy Rose said...

GWTW all the way!

Bybee said...

Oh. My.
GWTW.
Did I make the right choice?
I won't think about it now, I'll go crazy. I'll think about it tomorrow...after all, tomorrow is another day.

Melanie said...

Which to choose?? I think I'll have to go with The Wizard this week, if only for the flying monkeys...

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I have not read or seen either! How I survived this long is a wonder.

Despite my fear of monkeys, I will have to go with the Wizards of Oz. I have seen a junior high production of the play.

Debbie said...

I vote for the Wizard of Oz with spirited vigor!

Barbara: had I known you had never seen the movie when we were over, our night could have been quite different...I could have recited it for you.